Additional Information

See CSN Audio Recording Courses for full course descriptions and schedules!

The CSN Music Program offers 30-credit Certificate of Achievement in Music Business and Technology.

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Audio Recording Digital Classroom


Enrollment for the 2020 Spring Semester is going on NOW!
The first day of the Spring Semester is January 21, 2020.


The CSN Recording Program is featuring a revised and updated curricula, and expanded implementation of DANTE Ethernet network system audio routing technology among its many ongoing improvements!


The first comprehensive audio recording courses to enroll in are:

  • MUS 231 - "Recording Techniques I"
  • MUS 239 - "Virtual Studio Technology"

MUS 239 is a required co-requisite for MUS 231.

These two courses complement each other. MUS 239 focuses entirely on Avid Pro Tools, the software program used in MUS 231. (MUS 231 covers mixboards, microphones, physics of sound and other topics as well). These courses are also required for CSN’s newly revised Certificate of Achievement in Music Business and Technology. MUS 160 “Computer Music Technology I” can also be taken, and is the prerequisite for three of the many Electives in our Certificate.

  • MUS 160 - "Computer Music Technology I" covers basic concepts of using software and computer-related hardware, and focuses on Ableton Live, Apple Logic, and MakeMusic Finale.
  • MUS 231 - "Recording Techniques I" is an introduction to audio recording including theoretical concepts, terminology, microphones, consoles, and use of analog and digital equipment. Includes hands-on training and use of a separate "Drop-In" Lab.
  • MUS 239 - "Virtual Studio Technology" is our first-level course in Avid ProTools, and also covers computer system fundamentals. There is one computer-per-student, each with a MIDI keyboard. (Our Computer Music Classroom/Lab is shown at the top of this page). Yamaha's DANTE Ethernet network system is used to route audio.

Audio Recording Control Room and Trident Mixing Board

The CSN Recording Studio Facilities have two fully equipped Control Rooms, a Studio large enough to accommodate a 50-piece orchestra, and an Isolation Room. Classes held in this area utilize all these rooms, and have a lab-to-lecture ratio of at least 2-to-1 to ensure students receive hands-on training on industry-standard equipment the same or similar to those in commercial facilities. A separate 3 computer station Lab in the Recording Studio area is used during classes and also as a "Drop-In Lab".

Our "Room N119" Computer Music Classroom/Lab for 12 students is a dedicated space with one computer station per student. With new Macintosh computers, our many courses in this Lab instruct students on Avid Pro Tools, Ableton Live, and Apple Logic Pro X. Room N119 is also available for "Drop-In Lab" use.

In total, we have 19 Macs in the CSN Audio Recording Program. All software (including our HUGE number of plugins) in Room N119 are also installed on all the Macs in our Recording Studio area, so students can move their projects easily from one computer or area on campus to another.

Our faculty has many years of experience in the audio industry, covering all aspects of audio production and with many notable credits.

We offer Class Sections on different days and times, including evenings and weekends. For course information (including a list of days and times for all the recording classes at CSN) please see: CSN Audio Recording Courses.

Our Certificate of Achievement in Music Business and Technology has proven to be very popular both for students and for prospective employers. One-on-one Private Instruction is also available.

All recording classes and facilities are at the North Las Vegas ("Cheyenne") Campus of CSN. For Admissions and Registration, please use the links on the Admissions page or contact the Registrar’s Office at any CSN campus. (At the North Las Vegas Campus, the Registrar’s phone number is 702-651-4060).

For an overview and more details of what is available please click on the links directly below.